Sunday, April 21, 2013

There is a Hell

Being an atheist, god is not part of the equation but hell does reside, in Alberta, CA, as seen in the Tar Sands operation pix, courtesy of Nat Geo. The enormity of the project and the impact it's already having on the environment boggles the mind even though the pipeline itself is far from completion. BRT has written copiously about the impending disaster known as Keystone but as a "subtle" reminder, read on if you have the courage to do so.

Moving asphalt through a pipe 36"in diameter requires three steps. 1. Heating the sludge to high temperature, (think hot tar when paving a road as dibit is actually tar/asphalt) 2. Thin same with artificial hydrocarbons (naphtha etc., etc.) to keep it in a liquid state and 3. Move the stuff at higher pressure than that of crude (see 1. & 2.)  Because of these "wonderful" characteristics, the impact of dibit spills is far worse then that of crude as seen by the residents of  Mayflower Ak who saw first hand what a liquified asphalt spill of 5000 barrels really means. 

In perspective, imagine a Keystone rupture, with a pipe diameter of 36", vs the 9" pipe break of Mayflower or... instead of 5000 barrels, think 45,000 and have it go into the Missouri. Something to think about considering just how corrosive this stuff truly is. Already, 12 leaks, including Mayflower,  have occurred.

Even better, we don't know how to clean this stuff up.

Well Barak, do you have the guts to pull the plug on this Fubar? One never knows, do one?

As a parting shot, here's a before and after shot of the tar sands. Question, how would you like have this in your back yard?

Addendum: Click here for in depth data from people who really know about Keystone;

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